Talking Pictures

Formed in 1993 by guitarist/composer Ron Samworth, Vancouver’s Talking Pictures is a quartet that synthesizes diverse musical experiences in a communion of form and freedom. With Bill Clark on trumpet, Dylan van der Schyff on drums, and Peggy Lee on cello, the group draws on a distinctive and wide ranging sonic palette and reveals an empathy that Canadian writer Mark Miller describes as “a closely attenuated style of group playing, deliberate yet wholly responsive, with a wonderful sense of space.” The jazz continuum from Armstrong to Zorn, the bold, abstract textures of new music and Jimi Hendrix, and the richly evocative spirit of Kurt Weill and Nino Rota all meet in a compelling sound world of near cinematic richness. A frequent performer in their home town, Talking Pictures has been featured in the du Maurier International Jazz Festival in Vancouver since 1993. They have toured across Canada and in Europe where they have played at prestigious festivals and venues such as the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, the BIMhuis and De IJsbreker Music Centres in Amsterdam, Instants Chavirés in Paris and the Loft in Köln. Their debut CD, Ciao Bella, and their second, The Mirror with a Memory are on Montreal’s Red Toucan label. Their most recent CD, Humming, a collaboration with Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra, was released on the Songlines label. Talking Pictures also has a decidedly theatrical bent, having written and performed RubyCab, an original cabaret with the Ruby Slippers Theatre Company, as well as performed the music and text of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht with guest vocalists. They have also arranged and performed in an acclaimed production of Brecht’s Three Penny Opera.